Kahress has smaller mountain to scale
By Jonny Turner
Kahress should enjoy a big drop in class at Rangiora on Sunday after taking on the country’s leading juvenile squaregaiters recently.
The Muscle Hill two-year-old races non-winners after having to face Muscle Mountain, Ultimate Stride and One Majic Kenny in her recent starts.
Kahress has performed admirably in her five career stars, finishing just behind those classy types.
“It is a bit hard with fillies against the boys, but she has been consistent, running just in behind them each time,” trainer-driver Robbie Holmes said.
Kahress has trotted faultlessly in recent two-year-old features, while her rivals have regularly gone off stride around her.
Holmes hoped the filly can use her good manners to take advantage of the drop in class she faces when starting from barrier 3 on Sunday.
“She is good off the gate and she has got good manners, that is the key to her.”
“She has drawn nice and handy, so she should be able to pop off the gate nicely from there.”
Kahress defeated race rivals Midnight Dash, Dolly P and Chloe Rose in her last start sixth, behind Muscle Mountain in the New Zealand Two-Year-Old Trotting Stakes.
Chloe Rose got closest to Kahress when finishing eight.
The Nigel McGrath trained filly showed she has plenty to learn about racing when breaking badly in the race’s two false starts and then missing the dispatch when the event finally got underway.
She eventually produced a respectable performance, after fading on a big three-wide run from the 600m.
Midnight Dash showed he was a capable juvenile with two placings behind his classy stablemate, Muscle Mountain, early in his career.
The Greg and Nina Hope trained two-year-old has broken in his last two starts.
Midnight Dash’s stablemate, Dreamsinthe Mist, was rated one of three equal favourites for Sunday’s race, with Kahress and Chloe Rose.
The $3.30-shot broke and took no part in his only start in March.
Dreamsinthe Mist won a trial after his debut, beating Muscle Mountain, who galloped.
Kahress is one of four horses Robbie Holmes will start at Rangiora on Sunday.
Holmes hoped Lincoln Skipper’s handy trial effort earlier this week will mean he will be competitive in race 9.
“I trialled him up at Ashburton in a really nice field.”
“He finished last, there was eight in it, but I clocked his last half in 56sec and a piece.”
“It was a really good run for him.”
Precocious Megan will start for Holmes in race 5, where she will clash with the short-priced favourite, Peraki Reactor.
“Precocious Megan has drawn out a little bit, but she has got a bit of gate speed and its 2000m and she should be handy.”
“She has been a little bit weak on the grass, but back on the all-weather hopefully she can do a good job.
JR Fulham will have his first start for Holmes since February in race 2.
“JR Fulham is working good.”
“We had to scratch him last time, he got a cold, but he has come back pretty nice.”